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SELECTED CITATIONS, INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS

“In her new piece, Mytho? Lure of Wildness, Kohler no doubt takes some of the information that she has amassed over many years of performing with powerful directors to make a theatrical work about what looking feels like, to the muse and to her creator. Directed by Caleb Hammond, the performance combines all the mediums Kohler has worked in (video, stage, and audio), the better to create a myriad portrait of a mature actress whose beauty lies in her restlessness and her ability to incorporate theatre’s sadness—all those ephemeral moments—into the energy and excitement that goes into making something new, which exists to disappear, too.”
Hilton Als on Mytho? Lure of Wildness, The New Yorker, December 19, 2016

“…It is an incisive meditation on age and youth, the female body as an object of art and desire, the easy power of nubile beauty and what’s left when that goes away.”
Laura Collins-Hughes, “Review: ‘Mytho? Lure of Wildness’ Teases the Senses,” New York Times, December 18, 2016

“Watching the show…I could see how Kohler …played her own formidable technique against Maxwell’s. In Ode, Kohler evoked another great German star in an altogether different kind of Western: Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides Again.”
Hilton Als on Ode to the Man Who Kneels by Richard Maxwell, The New Yorker, December 3, 2007

“They are in thrall to The Woman Who Waits (Anna Kohler), a mortal danger in petticoats, who… brings all men to their knees.”

Ben Brantley on Ode to the Man Who Kneels, by Richard Maxwell, New York Times, November 6, 2007

“Still, the wit … wouldn’t hit home if there were no heart. As Natalya … Anna Kohler provides the show with its emotional center. The sisters’ cruelty breaks our hearts only because Kohler’s Natalya feels it.”
Hilton Als, review of Brace Up! by the Wooster Group, New Yorker, March 10, 2003

“Anna Kohler is an arresting performer, with enough of Anna Magnani’s spicy energy and earthy sensuality to make her performance thoroughly compelling.”
on D’Arc-Ness, The Human Voice, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 1996

“In this recent version….Anna Kohler gives a startling performance as ‘the maid.’”

Elinor Fuchs on Frank Dell’s The Temptation of St. Antony by The Wooster Group, Village Voice, October 25, 1988

“Anna Kohler as the rhythmic metronome barmaid,…..Her performance – apt, exaggerated, concentrated – was brilliant.”
Sally Banes on Against Agreement/Duel Duet by Fiona Templeton, The Village Voice, December 7, 1982

“Visions of Apocalypse: Anna Kohler, Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe and Ron Vawter”
on Miss Universal Happiness by Richard Foreman, New York Times, Sunday, May 19 1985